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What’s A ‘Reasonable’ Workplace Accommodation?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

It may make you uneasy to do so, but if you’re a job candidate with a disability and need an accommodation, you are allowed to request one at any time during the application process or while you’re employed at a job (provided it’s an employer with at least 15 employees). Even if you didn’t request [...]




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How Disability Factors Into the President’s Budget

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

On February 14, President Obama sent his Fiscal Year 2012 budget to Congress. According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the budget is intended to cut wasteful spending but keep investments needed to spur the economy and create jobs, which includes several incentives for people with disabilities.
Innovations in the Workforce
Nearly $380 million [...]




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Making your Workplace Veteran-Friendly

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

You’ve made the decision to hire veterans, including those with disabilities, but you’re a little unsure how to make them feel welcome – especially after their years working in a military environment. As an employer you can take some steps that will help acclimate veterans, including wounded warriors, into your workplace.
Learn Military Culture
The first initiative [...]




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Labor Dept. Launches Database of Workers with Disabilities

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Looking for an intern? The Department of Labor has launched a database of more than 2,500 college and entry-level students with disabilities, as part of the government’s efforts to increase federal and private-sector initiatives to source and hire workers with disabilities. The program supports President Obama’s executive order that aims to employ 100,000 people with [...]




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New Assistive Tech: Real-Time Phone Captions

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

No matter what industry you work in, communications is often a key part of your job. If you’re a worker with a hearing loss, a new service launched this week might change the way you talk on the phone.
Purple Communications’ ClearCaptions is a free real-time phone captioning service that works on computers, smartphones and [...]




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How to Interact With a Co-Worker Who Is Blind

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Disability etiquette helps your workforce engage with people who have different abilities and learn and intercept information in unique ways. People who are blind, for example, can’t see eye contact or body language and must be told when a conversation is being directed to them. Here are some ways that you should engage with a [...]




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Making the Internet More Accessible

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Television, movies, radio and websites — we’re now enjoying all of them everywhere, whenever we want. Thanks to the Internet, today we can watch movies on our smartphones, TV programs on our laptops and the Web on our TV. As we achieve greater freedom in how we watch, learn and listen, it becomes increasingly important [...]




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Five Reasons for Small Businesses to Hire Disabled Workers

Monday, November 29th, 2010

One in five Americans has a disability, and nearly two million children in the U.S. have special needs. This group also includes Baby Boomers dealing with age-related conditions like arthritis and macular degeneration, and 400,000 veterans returning home from the recent wars with physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. [...]




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Disability Tax Credits for Employers

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Employers, did you know you can get tax credits for hiring Americans, including veterans, with disabilities? The federal government provides credits and deductions to help raise employment rates for this group. The amount you can receive each year depends on the size of your business and the number of hires you make annually.
Disabled Access [...]




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Accommodating Learning Disabilities

Friday, October 15th, 2010

People often think assistive technology is expensive, but it’s not. Most solutions cost lest than $500, according to the Job Accommodation Network. For people with learning disabilities, the solution can be as simple as using the built-in spell checker in Microsoft Word. Other software items include text-to-speech software that reads aloud electronic text and highlights [...]




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